Stake Not Returned

What are Stake Not Returned Bonuses?

There are a number of key differences between Stake Returned (SR) and Stake not Returned (SNR) bonuses:

  1. They typically have no additional WR meaning that whatever you win you can withdraw immediately
  2. The stake is not returned with any winnings. – This is key

When you place a normal bet your return is your stake and any winnings but with a stake not returned free bet the stake part is not returned.

As an example, let’s say you place a bet of £10 at odds of 3.5 and it wins:

the difference between stake stake returned and stake not returned

If it’s was placed with cash you get: £10 stake and £25 winnings back, £35 in total

If it was placed with a SR bet you get: £10 stake and £25 winnings back, £35 in total

If it was placed with a Stake Not Returned (SNR) Bet you get: £0 stake and £25 winnings, £25 in total.

How to place a Stake Not Returned Bet?

Generally if you have to check a tick box on the bet slip or select a freebet on the bet slip it will be a stake not returned (SNR) bonus.

Many bookies offer stake not returned bets when you sign up and these are often the easier and quicker ones to do however because the stake is not returned it’s important that you understand the impact that different odds have.

For instance a £50 SNR bet at odds of 2.0 at the Bookie and 2.0 at the exchange requires a lay stake of £25 to guarantee an equal return whatever the result of the match

Place stake not returned bet

Note: We’ve ignored commission

guaranteed profit from stake not returned bet

Any result then guarantees a £25 profit

Where as if the odds were 7.0 at the bookie and 7.0 at the exchange the lay stake would be £43.17 generating a £41.00 guaranteed profit.

maximum profit from stake not returned (SNR) bet

This is because the higher the odds the smaller the proportion of the return is made up of the stake and thus lost when the stake is not returned. Don’t worry if this is unclear just remember that for Stake Not Returned Bets, the higher the odds the better.

With a Stake Not Returned Bonus higher odds = higher profit

You can see the effect of this in the graph below.

effect of different odds on stake not returned (SNR) bets

You can see from this that the higher the odds the better the return (assuming you can get similar odds at the exchange) however the higher the odds the more cash is required at the exchange to lay the selection, for this reason most people aim for a 75-80% return using odds of 7+, this is of course flexible depending on your personal preference but any return much less than 70% should definitely be taken with caution.

How to find high odds?

High odds can sometimes be hard to find, if you’re struggling check out the following markets as they all tend to have odds in the 5-15 range:

Cup matches with a clear underdog

Correct score market

Half Time / Full Time

Outright markets i.e. League Winner – be careful these can settle a long time in the future and you need to consider if you want your cash tied up for that long.

How to check if a bonus is SNR?

An SNR bonus is actually the easiest to identify, check the bookies terms and conditions for a statement like “stake is not included with any bonus returns”. If in doubt you can always contact the customer services team to get them to confirm or alternatively just place the bet as SNR, worst case you get the bet wins at the bookie and you get your stake back as bonus profit!

How to check for stake not returned terms and conditions

Where do I start?

Here’s our top 10 Stake Not Returned offers:

NameBookieDepositBonusTAG RatingClaim Bonus
138bet£100£50CClaim Bonus
Betfred£10£30BClaim Bonus
BetwayBetway EN cricket banner £50 free£50£50CClaim Bonus
Coral£5£25AClaim Bonus
Ladbrokes £25£25AClaim Bonus
Paddypower£10£20AClaim Bonus
titan bet£15£30BClaim Bonus
Totesport£25£25AClaim Bonus
Uwin / Youwin£10£10CClaim Bonus
William Hill£25£25AClaim Bonus


Some bonuses that bookmakers offer are a combination of SR & SNR, although this is unusual it’s worth being aware of them. These offers look initially like a stake returned bonus however the key difference is that you can’t withdraw the bonus, you can however bet with it multiple times.

Here’s an example

Bet £50 at odds of 3 at the bookmaker and 3 at the exchange, we’ll ignore commission for the purposes of this:

If you win at the bookmaker you get £150 back (£50 x 3) but you are only able to withdraw £100. Because you can only withdraw winnings and not the initial stake it’s very similar to a stake not returned bet. You can typically withdraw any winnings from the freebet without sacrificing the bonus and therefore the best approach is to treat it as an SNR bet and place at fairly high odds, if it loses at the bookmaker the bonus is lost and your winnings will be in the exchange but if it wins at the bookmaker you can withdraw your winnings. Once your winnings have been withdrawn you can the bet with the bonus again, follow the same process of betting with the bonus and withdrawing winnings until such time as you lose at the Bookie. This is one of the few times when overlaying (included link) can be recommended.

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